The Little Book of Commodity InvestingBook - 2010
The world has changed and so too has investing. The market is shell shocked and yesterday's momentum stocks are today's slow-motion stocks. But in the new reality of low-growth investing, commodities are hot and getting hotter. A rapidly industrializing and urbanizing Asia will be demanding lots more copper, zinc, iron ore, coal, fertilizers, gold and oil to transform their societies. Commodities are it and that's great news for investors who want to profit from the next great bull market in commodities. In fact, commodities may be about the only asset class that is likely to outperform the broad market in the future.
Although they are without a doubt important to the global economy, commodities are among the most misunderstood of all asset classes. Stocks, bonds and real estate all have legions of followers and plenty of experts agree on their importance within an investment portfolio, but venture into the world of commodities and you are into an area that's intimidating to the average investor, where suspicions run deep and understanding is limited. As a result, commodities get short-shrift in most investment accounts and investors miss out on some important opportunities.
The Little Book of Commodity Investing is an indispensible guide to learning the ins and outs of commodity investing. It's about identifying opportunities to profit from the coming bull market in commodities. It explains the benefits of commodities as part of a well diversified investment portfolio; covers all of the major commodities markets; what makes commodities and the companies that produce them tick; why commodities sometimes zig and then zag; what to buy and when to buy it; and why commodities are the next big thing.
Today's world is a very different world-a world where an understanding of commodities is a prerequisite for investment success. And The Little Book of Commodity Investing is the roadmap you need to discover where the opportunities of the future lie, and what to do about it.
Commodities are hot and getting houer. Slumping supply and voracious demand have set the stage for a massive bull market in the real things that you use every day. As global growth resumes, a powerful rallying cry for commodities is about to be heard around the world.
In simple, easy-to-understand language, John Stephenson shines a spotlight on commodities, exposing a world that is both fascinating and crucial to global economic progress, From the trading pits of Chicago to the streets of Shanghai, commodities figure in all of our lives. In The Little Book of Commodity Investing, Stephenson explains why commodities matter and how to profit in the commodity bull market that lies ahead.
"Investors should look for ways to diversify their portfolios away from the current over-allocation to stocks. And one way to do that is through the world of commodity investing...Stephenson helps you work through the pitfalls and advantages."---From the Foreword, by John Mauldin
Your next, best investment opportunity isn't in stocks, bonds or real estate---it's in commodities, the basic raw materials of everyday life. Smart investors know that after a decade of decline, stocks aren't where the big money will be made. The winning bets of the future will be where global growth is going, rather than where it's been.
A rapid re-ordering of the global economic pecking order is underway, transforming the lives of millions and setting the stage for a massive bull market in commodities. Asia, led by China, is rising, and by 2020 the developing world is expected to be responsible for a staggering two-thirds of total global economic output. As millions of people around the world join the ranks of the global middle class, they'll be snapping up consumer items such as appliances and cars and underpinning an enormous demand for commodities. The economic strides made by the developing world so far have been breathtaking, but they're only just beginning. And that's a good news story for commodities.
From cocoa to copper, the world of commodities is awash in opportunity. Yet commodities get short shrift in most investment portfolios despite the fact there are long stretches of time when commodities soar while stocks and bonds swoon. This is one of those times.
Understanding commodities is a prerequisite for future investment success and The Little Book of Commodity Investing is an indispensable guide for investors---whether they're titans on Wall Street or retirees on Main Street---to the ins and outs of this hot sector, that will only get hotter.